[quote="Mary211, post:10, topic:127696"]
I recently read Nouwen's The Return of the Prodigal Son. I was surprised to see that refers to God as mother, then writes a couple paragraphs using feminine pronouns to reference God. Page 102 reads : "The mystery, indeed is that in her infinite compassion linked herself for eternity with the life of her children."....
He also wrote very clearly about the defiance of the prodigal son leaving and the severity of stating that his father was dead to him. Following this establishment he writes on page 55 "I am touching here the mystery that Jesus himself became the prodigal son for our sake" Personally I can not see where Christ left the father in defiance and returned in repentance.
I read the book for a book club and found it very difficult to read. I must admit I ended up just skimming. But one other thing that stood out to me, he compared Jesus to both of the sons, but I do not recall comparing Jesus to the Father. Which is the actual parallel.
One other thing, why is he not identified as Fr. Henri J. M. Nouwen. Did he remain an active priest his entire life?
When I search the internet all I can find is positive wonderful things about him. Yet I felt like i was reading a new age book. Does anyone know where he actually stood with the church?:confused:
I haven't read any of Nouwen's stuff myself, but I have heard conflicting reports on him even from Catholics I know to whom doctrinal fidelity is important. Some people love him. Some people don't.
As far as I know, he remained a priest in good standing till the end. I wouldn't read too much into the lack of the "Fr." prefix. That's not uncommon among authors to be referred to simply by their name.
I have always shied away from his stuff, too. I see his books most frequently revered and reprinted by Catholic publishers I do not fully trust. But I certainly wouldn't use my suspicious hunches as any sort of evidence against him.